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Mammograms and your breast health

Best health includes breast health

A critical component of overall health and wellness is breast health, which includes regular visits to your primary care provider and annual breast exams, as well as self-awareness and understanding your own unique body.

Take time each month to perform a breast self-exam. Does your breast tissue typically feel smooth, bubbly, or bumpy? What about size and shape? Understanding what “normal” looks and feels like for you will help you notice if something changes, so you can ask your doctor about it.

Mammograms are important health screenings

A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast that is taken with a special machine. It helps identify any breast cancer concerns before someone experiences symptoms, allowing diagnosis and treatment to begin as soon as possible.

Experts recommend that most people with breasts should start getting annual breast cancer screenings at age 45.

In some cases, women with a high risk for developing breast cancer need to start screening earlier. The American Cancer Society (ACR) recommend that all women, especially African American women and women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, be evaluated for breast cancer risk by age 30. At that point, higher-risk women can be identified and screened earlier as needed.

It’s also recommended that transgender folks who retain native breast tissue or who have received breast enhancing hormones should begin screening at age 40.

LCMC Health makes mammograms easy

While it may seem like just another errand on your to do list, mammogram exams can be surprisingly quick and easy.

With our state-of-the-art machines, convenient locations, and trained, knowledgeable staff, we strive to make your screening as simple and painless as possible. Some of our locations even offer nurse navigators, who can help make sure your scheduling process and exam runs smoothly.

Ready to schedule?

We’re here to help. Call today to schedule a mammogram appointment at one of our locations:

West Jefferson Medical Center
515 Westbank Expy, Gretna, LA 70053

West Jefferson Medical Center Women's Health Obstetrics & Gynecology
1111 Medical Center Blvd., Suite S-250, Marrero, LA 70072

East Jefferson General Hospital Breast Care Center
4200 Houma Blvd., 2nd Floor, Metairie, LA 70006

Touro Imaging Center & Women's Imaging Center
2929 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115

Touro Prytania Imaging Center
3437 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70115

New Orleans East Hospital Imaging Center
5620 Read Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70127

University Medical Center Imaging Center
2000 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70112